Billy Budd and Other Stories (Everyman Library)

Billy Budd and Other Stories (Everyman Library)

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This collection contains Melville's great last work 'Billy Budd'- in it he in his usual complicated and morally ambiguous way outlines a dramatic conflict in character which is also a conflict in ideals. The grand innocent Billy Budd cannot contend with the evil of this world, his nemesis Claggart. And the paternal Captain Vere does not prevent the sacrifice. In another of the tales, perhaps the American parallel to Kafka's Gregor Samsa, and Dostoevsky' Underground Man the nondescript Bartleby ' who would prefer not to' gives a paradoxically moving example of utter loneliness and alienation. Melville is the master at evoking atmosphere and of course does it incomparably with the sea- yarns but in Bartleby he captures the mid- nineteenth century Manhattan office world. This is one of the finest collections of ' long stories' in all of world- literature.
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Melville has been rightly called 'the American Dostoyevsky'. 'Billy Budd' is a book for literary epicures, as it is masterly written and philosophically erudite. The Handsome Sailor's name is reminiscent of Buddha's and it is no accident, as Billy Budd(ha) transcends this world, this deck of ours, which is like our life's stage. A friend of mine said that mistakes can be amended but injustice cripples permanently. We have all been crippled in some sence, and this is a book about all of us.